Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion.
But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? Claims have been made that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever.
Which is true?
The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. Your skin is made up of cells and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there — this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles as well.
So, what is the best way to add water to the skin?
• Apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and is vulnerable to products that are applied following the bath or shower, allowing better absorption.
• Apply a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.
• Drink more water. Drinking at least 2 litres a day for women or 2.5 litres for men will help rid the body and skin of toxins.
Not everyone will agree that water consumption will improve skin…but it certainly can’t hurt. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results. Nothing will happen overnight, but even a good couple of weeks of increasing water intake should be enough for you to see how hydration affects your own skin.
NB Drinking very large amounts of water in one go should be avoided as your body may struggle to adjust to the change in fluids and this can lead to feelings of lethargy and nausea.
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